Microsoft has just finished its latest virtualization project they call "Hyper-V Server 2008" and it's freely available for download here.
Hyper-V was built using Windows hypervisor and harnesses the Windows Server driver model and virtualization components to run anything from Linux distributions to Windows XP, Vista and Server 2000, 2003 and 2008. It's also available in multiple language formats.
You can learn more about it here folks.
Diamond Multimedia and Smooth Creations today announced its impressive looking Broodling liquid cooled PC gaming system.
The gaming system is a result of joint effort between the two companies and is based on AMD's Spider platform. It is powered by a 2.4GHz AMD Phenom 9750 Quad-Core CPU and AMD 770-SB600 based ABIT AX78 motherboard with 4GB of Kingston DDR2 memory. Cooling is provided by the CoolIT Eliminator with combination of air cooling and liquid / TEC chilling.
As far as graphics go, Diamond's Viper Radeon HD3870 X2 is used along with a 500GB Western Digital Caviar SE16 HDD and Lite-On 20X DVD+/-RW drive. Power is supplied by the 1250 watt Cooler Master Real Power Pro power supply.
The case gets a wicked paint job by Smooth Creations with a scary looking skull design which says, "Don't mess with me!" Take a look for yourself below...
Diamond claim that it has the capability of outperforming an Intel / Nvidia based gaming system and from we can see, probably at a more affordable price, too. It manages to score a default score of just over 14k in 3DMark06 under Windows XP.
At press time we didn't get any details on pricing but it is available for sale as of now.
Acer has long been known for its standard notebooks and systems but not so much for its new line of gamers products.
Say hello to the Acer Aspire Predator gaming system and it certainly does look like a beast packing quite a punch in the performance area.
You get all the features you would expect from a high-end gaming system such as dual graphics via Nvidia SLI, Sound Blaster X-Fi Platinum, overclocking support via nTune software, 8GB of memory but it even comes with a custom water cooling setup for the CPU.
At this stage we are not sure which motherboard is being used but it is one based on Nvidia's nForce 780i SLI chipset. It will have the option of a range of Intel processors, SLI or 3-way 9800 GTX graphics, come with a TV tuner card (which is a tad strange for a gaming system), 1000 or 750-watt power supply, Blu-ray ROM drive and much more.
You can find out more about the Predator over at the Acer website right here.
Our friends over at Legit Reviews somehow managed to score a first look at Alienware's upcoming ultra high-end and uber expensive High Definition Media Server (or HDMS for short).
This product is due to come off the assembly line and into consumer hands anytime now and will set you back anywhere from $5000 - $7000 USD - that is two to three times more expensive than most HDTVs, so we're hoping it packs quite a punch for all those dollars.
It looks as if the top end model will be configured with a stunning 4TB of hot swappable hard drive space set up in RAID 5. It is powered by an Intel quad-core processor running with an X38 chipset and it also includes a Blu-ray recorder to make it a truly high-end HD DVR. The base model comes with Windows Vista Home Premium but is upgradable to Ultimate edition.
If you're a home theater PC enthusiasts and have been looking to blow a load of cash, consider this one when it comes out. The only negative side besides price which we can see is the fact that there is no HDMI audio, so even though you spent all those dollars, it will be out of date in just a few months (or weeks?) once HDMI PC audio solutions hit the market - unless it is upgradable somehow?
Following the recent launch of Intel's new 45nm dual and quad-core Xeon 5400/5300/5100 series processors, Tyan have announced a new line of Tempest i5400 series server and workstation oriented motherboards.
You can learn all about the differing models in the lineup and their feature-sets within the official PR folks.
SC07, Sparks, Nevada- On November 12th, 2007, Intel launches their next-generation server chipset, the Intel 5400 series., This new chipset supports both Dual Core & Quad Core Intel Xeon 5100/5300 & 5400 series processors. Tyan Computer, a global leader in server solutions, utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset in their Tempest i5400 S5397, S5393, and S5396 server motherboards.
We are having massive server issues bringing you the HD 2900 XT review.
We will put it online tomorrow when other sites release their reviews to balance the load.
Sorry but our servers aren't up to this amount of hits.
The lads over at DailyTech have acquired information which relates to the supposed characteristics of Microsoft's next-gen gaming console (which will superseed the 360).
A filing to the U.S. Patent Office indicates that the next games machine from MS may well be multi-faceted, incorporating both handheld and console devices by wired and wireless connectivity. Sounds pretty damn impressive, lets hope its true!
A filing to the U.S. Patent Office may reveal what Microsoft has planned for its gaming platform after Xbox 360. The patent describes a multi-component gaming system that incorporates both handheld devices and console devices by wired and wireless connections.
The patent's abstract describes the system as a process "to take advantage of another gaming component's processing capabilities and memory capacity, each gaming component is capable of utilizing another gaming component to process gaming applications."
Recently we had some down time here at TweakTown which had to do with our database server. There were too many errors being produced by the MySQL server that the other server box blocked it and hence the site wasn't working.
We are not entirely sure why it happened but it probably had something to do with being on the front page of Digg two days in a row and a bunch of other big websites.
Everything is back to normal now and we should be setup in the future to fix this problem much quicker in the future! Because we were down for roughly 10 hours, we'll be back bigger than ever tomorrow with at least a couple new articles for you to look at.
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PC cooling mob "Koolance" have designed a very swish new server chassis for the market recently; dubbed the ERM-3K4U, this chassis is designed for a rack server environment and uses the 4U format, it also boasts a very powerful water cooling system which supposedly allows it to cool up to 20 processors (or up to 3000W of heat) - Phwoar!
Check out all the details at Koolance's website folks.
The Koolance ERM-3K4U is a dedicated liquid cooling system for very special thermal applications. It can provide up to 3000W of potential heat dissipation, and is housed in a lightweight aluminum enclosure. By default, the ERM-3K4U is offered in a standard 4U profile rack-mountable unit. However, with the handles removed and LED readout rotated, the cooling system can be operated in a vertical "tower" position.
The ERM-3K4U5 utilizes five powerful pumps [>6 L/min (1.8 GPM), >3m (10ft) head], each with separate auto-shutoff quick disconnect nozzles. Due to extremely high pressure and flow rate, 20 or more computer processors might be connected to a single ERM-3K4U5 system if within the total dissipation rating.
Shuttle have just added a snazzy new XPC to their lineup, this being the Core2Duo ready P23700 based on Intel's 975X chipset with CrossFire support.
For all the details on it, head over to this section on Shuttle's website.
When it comes to raw power the P2 3700 has plenty of horsepower for all computing tasks. Whether you demand 3D power for the latest games or processing power for creating home videos and image editing, the P2 3700 will surely deliver. If you demand multitasking power to run multiple applications simultaneously than the P2 3700 has all the power you'll ever you'll ever need at the click of a button.
Although this little gem has recently been in the limelight already, Shuttle have just issued out an official announcement highlighting the market presence of their new miniature XPC X100 SFF.
The ultimate consumer's tiny desktop comes in 2 flavors and boasts of astounding features. The $699 model comes with an Intel Celeron M, 512 MB of memory and 80Gb hard drive. The $999 model features the Intel Core™ Duo, 1GB of memory, 250GB hard drive, Intel® Pro/Wireless LAN and a slim slot-in DVD dual/combo drives. Standard features include the ATI's Mobility ™ Radeon® X1400, 4-in-1 multi format card reader, High Definition 7.1 channel Audio. It also supports the upcoming Windows Vista and comes with a standard vertical placement base.
Grab the announcement here for full details folks.
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., August 15, 2006 -- Shuttle Inc., the leading global designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories, unveiled today its smallest ever fully-functional desktop computer to date, an offering geared to consumers and businesses who seek space and power saving benefits without sacrificing enhanced performance and stability in a price that won't set them back. This is the new standard that Shuttle is setting for mini Small Form Factors in the market today.
After news had just spread of Microsoft's decision to make their Virtual PC software free for download, competitor "VMware" are keeping the pressure on, having just announced that they too have started offering their powerful VMware server virtualization platform as a freebie.
VMware today announced that its venerable virtualization platform, VMware Server, is now available free of charge. VMware is making the virtualization platform free after five vigorous months of beta testing. The company says that its technology is tried and true, and used by many of today's top companies. According to the press release:
Users can easily progress from VMware Server to VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that allows entire industry-standard infrastructure farms to be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. The suite is designed to deliver comprehensive virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.
A fresh announcement from Antec supports a new addition to their server case lineup, the "Atlas". This chassis is designed as a smaller version of the Titan 550 model, and it comes equipped with Antec's high performing SLI certified "TruePower 2.0 550 Watt EPS12V" PSU.
For further information, grab the press release here folks.
Fremont, CA - May 10, 2006 - Antec, Inc., the pioneering and leading global brand of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has introduced Atlas - the latest addition to its line of server cases for professional system builders and power users.
Designed as a smaller version of Antec's first server pedestal case, Titan 550, Atlas features an advanced air cooling system that consists of one rear 120mm TriCool(tm) three-speed adjustable fan and two front mounts for optional 92mm fans. The side panel vent with mount for an optional 80mm fan allows for maximum cooling to the VGA card.
Hey there fellow TT readers! - Yerp still alive for those beginning to think otherwise - As many of you have probably already guessed we have been experiencing a problem with our news and reviews script since the server changeover on the weekend.
Basically posts for both news and reviews cannot be uploaded with certain characters other than standard alphabetical and numerical entries - this also affects our ability to use any html code at the moment.
Our admin guys have been spending quite some time trying to isolate and rectify the cause and hopefully everything will be back to normal within the next 24 hours. Our humble apologies to you all, please sit tight and we will have the ball rolling again as soon as we can.
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If you are reading this, you are loading TweakTown from our New Server which is based at a brand new server hosting facility in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Our new server is actually a little less powerful in terms of raw specifications but it is more powerful in the areas which are required by us - such as twice as much RAM. Our admin has set us up with an interesting program from Zend called Performance Suite which caches certain parts of the site and optimizes other parts. This means we should be able to survive links from Slashdot and so on and dish out data as usual. We are also considering bringing in another couple dedicated servers and setting up load balancing whereby if server 1 (this one) gets too busy all traffic will be re-directed to the second or third servers.
We are still finishing up setting up the server and getting everything running properly so you still may notice a few errors for the next little while. This new server will enable us to continue growing as we deploy many new features to the site over the next couple months. If you emailed us over the last 48 hours, it was not received - please send your email again.
Thanks for your attention and happy tweaking!
After about two months of server woes and overall pains in the butt here at TweakTown with our previous host (Invasion Hosting), we decided to move to our very own Dual Intel Xeon 2GHz server with 1GB of RAM fitted with 146GB of space courtesy of two speedy 10,000 RPM SCSI drives plugged in at the Rack Shack data center - with 1000 GB of bandwidth at our mercy each month.
We ran into troubles with our previous hosts when they decided it would be a good idea to throw near on 100 other websites onto our server, which we only recently discovered and then we opted for the Rack Shack server alternative fairly quickly, as you can imagine.
We are still finishing off a few things on the new server, such as forums, which will be up before too much longer. Thanks for your patience; we should be in for a much more comfortable and less wavy journey this time around!
I'm as fed up with the server slowness as you, trust me. Although, we did discover what was slowing things down - at least what was contributing towards it.
Our server log file, for whatever reason, was weighing in at a massive 2 GB - We think, due to a bug in our server software, which we have requested our hosts patch to the latest version. Anyway, the result of this was when you visited TweakTown it would take ages for the log file to be accessed and written to - hence the time it took for pages to load. We have since deleted the log file and disabled the feature in the effort to keep things as fast as possible. Even after our server upgrade a couple of days ago, we are still having issues. We have decided if the traffic continues, we will order another server which will be for the database, and maybe an extra server dedicated to the forums.
I'll keep you posted on things as they happen!
You will all be happy to know now that we have just successfully completed a server move, to a new and much more powerful web server. We are now running a Pentium 4 1.7GHz Compaq system with 1GB of memory, as compared to our previous 1.3GHz Pentium 4 system with only 512mb of memory.
For the past two weeks our server logs have been reporting upwards of 460,000 pageviews, per day. We think it isn't actually quite this high but we are doing around 200,000 pageviews per day, as reported by our third party traffic counter.
TweakTown should be loading much faster now, well for us it is for the time being. We'll see how things go later on in the day when we release our UT 2003 Tweak Guide, at which point I'd imagine the server would be begging for mercy, again. Take care and thanks for listening!
Tweakers Australia has just posted a review on the FireNAS portable 480GB server. This baby has to be seen to be believed, and retailing for $4499 USD, it's not exactly on the cheap side either.
A good mate of mine was more interested in it after I showed him the specifications, as he is someone in the networking industry, and really appreciates hardware like the FireNAS. We don't look at it as a small box with almost ½ a Terabyte of hard drive space, but more of a giant leap in networking storage. You look past the 480GB of free space in My Computer and the small box and realize what you have is a remarkable piece of hardware that most people aren't going to have the opportunity to even observe, let alone experience. The FireNAS is not designed for the home user, or a small home business that may have one or two staff members, but rather a medium to large sized business with up to 50+ employees, depending on how IT orientated your business is.More information at Tweakers Australia
Today Icrontic gives us a preview of Windows .NET Server.
I was able to get my hands on Windows .NET Enterprise Server Build 3660 (Beta 3), and boy do I have an article in store for you. The Windows .NET server line is set to be released in early 2003, and is truly the next generation of Microsoft server operating systems. If you aren't familiar with Windows Server, this article probably won't appeal to you. Windows Server has, obviously, a much different focus than it's desktop counterpart, and thus this preview reflects that.More information at Icrontic